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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 514: Kathy Talks With Kate Gilbert

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
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This week, Kathy chats with Kate Gilbert about the new issue of Twist Collective and the Framework Video KAL. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you take a look at the latest issue of Twist Collective here.

You can purchase kits with the yarn and pattern at yarn.com!
Steve’s Yarn Picks
Twist Collective Yojimbo Kit
Baah Yarn Savannah
Great Adirondack Chinchilla
Katia Air Lux

Welcome!
We’re excited to welcome Julie Turjoman as our new Design Manager. We’re thrilled to have her on the team and can’t wait to share new designs with you!

Upcoming Events
Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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5 Patterns To Knit & Crochet Right Now!

Friday, January 5th, 2018
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If you’re like us, you may have gone overboard during our Year End Sale. Or maybe you received a WEBS gift card and bought a ton of new yarns at a fantastic price with no pattern in mind. If you’re in need of a refresh, we have plenty of inspo to help you start off 2018. Here are some of our picks!

1. If you treated yourself to a worsted weight superwash, like Madelinetosh Vintage, Lyrical Knit’s I Am Groot sweater is the perfect pattern to compliment a rich, hand dyed yarn. Oversized, seamless, and accented with a panel of delicate cables, I Am Groot is a great option for winter knitting.

2. One of our favorite yarns for kid’s projects and accessories, Conway + Bliss Lolli, comes in a wide range of bright colors, with a neon burst throughout the strand, which kicks classic pieces up a notch. Try knitting the Colour Block Sweater for your favorite tween.

3. The soft, painterly colors of Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK Dappled would look extraordinary knit up in a lace shawl like Tin Can Knits’ Sunflower Shawl. One of the best things about this pattern is that it includes instructions for lighter weight shawls as well – perfect for using up additional yarns!

 

4. We’re loving Vickie Howell’s Super Bulky Baby Blanket crocheted in Valley Superwash Super Bulky. With so many vivid and neutral colors to choose from, this is the perfect statement piece to work on this winter – and a quick crochet project to boot! Add a few more colors, and you’ll have an adorable throw to accent your sofa! 

 

5. For all of you crocheters out there who love gradient projects as much as we do, we have the Transition Shawl from Kira K. Designs. If you’re looking for something beautiful to create with that cake of Scheepjes Whirl you’ve been eyeing, then this is the project for you! Look at that lace edging!

 

What are you working on right now? Be sure to tag @WEBSFiberFollowThrough to show us your WIPs and FOs – you may even be featured!

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 513: Kathy Talks With Carol Sulcoski

Saturday, December 30th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is sitting down for her annual chat with Carol Sulcoski! Carol is an author, teacher, and knitwear designer, and every year, she and Kathy get together to reflect on their favorite knitting trends of the past year. In 2017, it was all about gradient yarns and ombres, as well as more traditional Lopi and Icelandic knits. Listen to find out what their 2018 knitting predictions are!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminders: 

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out! We’ll be back on January 9th!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Do you have a crafting resolution for 2018? We sure do! Tag your posts #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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WEBS Fiber Follow Through: 2018 Crafting Resolutions

Friday, December 29th, 2017
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New year, who dis? #WEBSFiberFollowThrough, that’s who! 

2018 is coming, and at WEBS we are all about making new resolutions – especially those that have to do with yarn. Whether we want to knit more, work through our stashes, or learn a new technique, a new year is the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf, and pick up your needles, hook, drop spindle . . . you get the idea.

Back in 2013, Dena, our e-Commerce Marketing Manager, wrote a blog series that took us through each day in January with a different tip or trick to keep us organized and on track. The 31 Days to Get Organized series is an invaluable resource when it comes to considering all the ways to streamline your fiber artistry. Now, five years later, we’re taking it up a notch and setting realistic goals for ourselves. I asked a few of my coworkers if they have any crafty resolutions for 2018.

For her New Year’s resolution, Dena says, “I want to pick up my needles every day in 2018. When life gets busy, taking the time to knit drops off. Knitting is good for my brain and makes me happy. So I want to commit to just 15 minutes of knitting every day. Knitting baby steps will turn into forward progress on my WIPs. #kniteveryday.” So much can be accomplished in just 15 minutes a day – in a week, that’s almost almost two hours of knitting, which really adds up!

Mittens knit by Abby in Spincycle Yarns Knit Fast Dye Young

Jess, one of our customer service representatives says, “I have a boring typical resolution to use my stash and not add to it.  Only buy yarn with projects to make it with. I also resolve to finish one of my projects that has been in time out for quite some time now!” 

Andrea, our Email Marketing Coordinator also wants to finish all of her works in progress. She told me, “I have 12 or so, some of which are 10 years old. I’m hoping that by doing this, I’ll finally rid myself of ‘start-itis guilt’.” We all know that guilty feeling of starting a new project while there are  still a few (or more) sitting on our needles. Even though most of us knit for our own enjoyment, it’s a tough feeling to shake – I have multiple projects myself that I should probably frog, wash the yarn, and then reskein. 

And as for me, I am always hoping to finish a set number of items in a year, like three sweaters, two shawls, and 4 pairs of socks. It rarely happens, but a girl can dream. In 2017, most of my knitting was for WEBS – a shawl, a blanket, a cowl, and many, many swatches. I did manage to complete several weaving projects, a Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry, as well as a few hats and most of a sweater. This coming year, though, I’d like to consciously work through my stash.

Marykate’s Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Working at WEBS is definitely dangerous if you’re a fiber junkie like me.  With all of the new and exciting yarns, patterns, and accessories coming through on a daily basis, I can hardly go two weeks without coming home with something. For the most part, I try to keep my stash organized. Since working here, I rarely buy without a project in mind, but of course things wind up at my desk that I absolutely NEED! Wildwood Yarns Superwash DK Hand Dyed by Madelinetosh and the Ziggy Stardust Cowl Kit from Freia and Tanis Grey are two items that recently followed me home. Still, like a lot of us,  I feel kinda guilty buying more yarn when I have SO MUCH at home.

This fall, I got rid of a TON of yarn. Scraps I didn’t know what to do with, colors that didn’t excite me, pilled/felted/cat-chewed bits and hunks of unidentified yarns and projects went straight into a garbage bag. Full or nearly full skeins of nicer yarns went to work friends. All of my yarn (with a few exceptions) fits neatly into a set of shelves. With everything on display, sitting pretty and looking organized, I really don’t have an excuse to not use my stash!

What I’ve come up with is a new system, borrowing from Dena’s January 10th, 2013 blog post, “Tracking Your Yarn Stash”. Dena talks about using Ravelry, Excel, and other programs to keep an inventory of what’s in your stash at home. Personally, I think a Google doc or an Excel spreadsheet work best for my needs. I can organize what I have in any way that I choose, and it’s easy to update and switch around.

To start, I’ve been tracking the brand name, yarn name, weight, color, and color family – just like Ravelry. I can also easily rearrange the order in which yarns appear, but I have them organized by planned project. Another rule of thumb I have is to store yarn with the pattern, or in a box with the name of the intended pattern written somewhere on it. It’s been helping me to be less disorganized, and I feel like there will be less of a chance that I’ll see a single skein and ask myself, “Why did I buy this?”

I’ve also listed the quantity I have on hand of each color, the date of purchase if I know it, where it came from, as well as the intended pattern. I also would like to put a link to the finished project on Ravelry.

I also added a couple of extra tabs at the bottom to organize fiber and any patterns or books that I don’t currently have yarns for, but would like to knit. I’m hoping that this will help me weed my ever-growing book and pattern collection, but we can get into that later . . .

What are your new year’s resolutions? Let’s all keep each other accountable in 2018! Tag your posts on Instagram as #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured! 

And don’t forget – if you’re looking to add some stash to knit up in 2018, our Year End Sale is going on now through January 4th in store and online!

An Amethyst Brook afghan in the works.

 

Ready, Set, Knit! Show 512: Kathy Talks With The Shibaguyz

Saturday, December 16th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is chatting with our dear friends Shannon  and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby – also known as the Shibaguyz! Shannon and Jason are knitting and crochet designers who have a new book coming out this March called: Complete Crochet Course: The Ultimate Crochet Guide! Shannon and Jason have some exciting news – in addition to a new book, they’ll be at Stitches West and United in 2018! Oh, but wait – they’ll also be teaching at WEBS in the Fall of 2018! Listen to hear more about the Shibaguyz and their new book!

To learn more about Shannon and Jason, click here!

..And as an added bonus only for RSK listeners, Shannon and Jason are offering 20% off of their Stitches West and Stitches United classes, as well as 20% off of their limited edition Stitchip collections! The offer is only good until midnight on December 23rd – this Saturday!! – so click HERE to find out more!

 

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week – Check out these Noro closeouts:

Reminders: 

TOMORROW is our last Sunday opening of 2017! WEBS will be closed Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th, and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st. Plan your shopping trips to Northampton accordingly!

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 511: Kathy Talks With Amy Greeman

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking with WEBS Education manager and sometimes co-host Amy Greeman all about our Winter class offerings! If you’re a crocheter and want to amp up your skillset, why not try Tunisian crochet? For all of our knitters, we’ll have an INCREDIBLE class with Mary Scott Huff where she’ll teach Norwegian stranded mittens. For budding weaver’s we’re going to offer beginning weaving on a floor loom as well as on a rigid heddle!  Last but not least – if you know how to spin but want to amp up your handspun yarns, try Deanna Moore’s Tips and Tricks for Better Spinning, where you’ll learn how to prep your wheel to spin your best possible yarns.

These are just a few! For a full list of class offerings, head on over to our website! Click here.

Steve’s Yarn (and Kit!) Picks of the Week:

Reminders: 

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 19th was the first of our Sunday openings for the holiday season – but remember: WEBS will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th – so please plan your trips to Northampton accordingly.

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Ready, Set, Knit! Show 510: Kathy Talks With Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
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This week on Ready, Set, Knit!, Kathy is chatting with two guests – Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman, two local authors who have a brand new book, Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids and Tweens! With the holiday season upon us, this beautifully designed book is an excellent choice for the crafty kid in your life – including basic knit and crochet instructions! With snow days imminent and school vacations on their way, there are plenty of fiber art projects to keep everyone busy! We’re super excited about how budget friendly many of these projects are, and that they can be achieved with items you may already have stashed at home – perfect for staving off rainy day boredom!


Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week: Closeouts from Rowan!

Reminders: 

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 19th was the first of our Sunday openings for the holiday season – but remember: WEBS will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th – so please plan your trips to Northampton accordingly.

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Introducing Valley Yarns Worthington

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Here at WEBS we are always excited to unveil a new Valley Yarn! One of our newest yarns has already become a favorite of ours. Valley Yarns Worthington is a tweedy blend of wool, alpaca, and viscose, in a sophisticated color range – easy to wear and definitely fun to craft with!

Worthington is a DK weight yarn with a plied texture that works up at about 5.5 to 6 stitches per inch on a US 5 or 6 needle. It has a slight halo and a beautiful, rustic-feeling hand. Worthington is lightweight and comes in a wearable color palette. It’s sure to become your new go-to for sweaters, hats, and mittens!

One of our favorite things about Worthington is its incredible stitch definition. It’s gorgeous in stockinette, but when it’s worked up in a cable, like this one from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, that’s when it really shines!

You could also try crocheting a cozy lap rug using several colors – the wool and alpaca blend is warm and cozy, and it will look stunning with your home decor!

Our first Worthington project, Duxbury Mitts, shown in Evergreen, have been a huge hit – who doesn’t love the look of these tweedy cabled mitts? They’re warm, yet lightweight, perfect for wearing at work or while driving if you’re looking to keep your hands cozy without the added bulk of full mittens.  We’re envisioning them knit up in Rhododendron or Arctic for a quick and easy holiday gift.

Worthington is lightweight and comfortable next to the skin, and we’re loving the way it looks in the Adilah Pullover. The fitted silhouette is timeless,  while the flattering V-neck adorned with delicate cables will be fun to knit. The hard part will be choosing a color!

Since it’s starting to get colder here in Western Massachusetts, it’s time to think about hats and mittens for winter. Lucky for us, Adventure Du Jour designed the Box Top Hat and Mittens in Worthington! We love coordinating accessory sets, and this one is definitely a winner. Cables knit on a background of reverse stockinette are always entertaining. We’re thinking about making a set in coordinating colors!

Check out the full selection of Valley Yarns Worthington here!

 

 

6 Twist Collective Fall 2017 Patterns We LOVE

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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Those crisp New England Autumn days are quickly waning into what is sure to be another dark and cold Massachusetts winter – my FAVORITE season! This early-not-quite-wintry weather is absolute perfection for working on a new project, and with the long Thanksgiving weekend coming up and so many of us traveling, we have the perfect excuse to pick up our needles and cast on something new!

Here at WEBS, we’re constantly planning a new project, and with last month’s release of Twist Collective’s Fall 2017 issue, we have an entirely new batch of patterns to choose from – 12 in all! 

Here are some of my coworker’s picks and what they had to say about their favorite patterns from Twist Collective Fall 2017:

 

I absolutely love Belem!! The lace detail on the back and shoulders give it something special and the ribbing gives it a nice, flattering fit. Combine that with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok and this becomes an instant favorite – even for a knitter who likes her sweaters a little on the looser side!

Beth, Assistant Store Manager

Belem, Knit in Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok

 

I really like Safdie’s relaxed and wearable look. Luma is a lovely yarn and I think this would be great to knit and wear!

Mary, Marketing Manager

Safdie, Knit in The Fibre Co. Luma

Allegheny by Glenna C is my favorite because it looks so cozy and easy to wear! I love its shape, and all the great texture from the cables.

Andrea, Email Marketing Coordinator

Allegheny, Knit in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed 

I love Helenium because pullovers are more interesting to me than cardigans, and the two-color brioche at the yoke will provide enough interest to keep me going through the stockinette body.

Amy, Education Manager

Helenium, Knit in HiKoo Kenzie

I want to knit the Espe shawl because the design is simple but visually intriguing, and because of how beautiful the gradient stripe is!

Emily, Product Manager

Espe, Knit in Freia Fine Handpaints Fingering Shawl Balls

 

And as for me, I can’t stop thinking about Bereza, a seamed pullover knit in Classic Elite Mystique. As if I need another excuse to knit with an alpaca blend . . . Bereza is bulky and warm, with a lacy cable pattern that’ll be quick to knit and super easy to pair with other items in my winter wardrobe!


Bereza, Knit in Classic Elite Yarns Mystique

And there you have it – 6 striking patterns for garments that will seamlessly fit into your winter wardrobe. What are you planning to work on this holiday weekend?

 

Ready, Set Knit! Show 509: Kathy Talks With Tricia Malcolm

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
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This week, Kathy is talking to Trisha Malcolm, editor of Vogue Knitting. Vogue just released a gorgeous Holiday 2017 issue, and it has been an absolute treat to read! Some of our favorites include Amy Gunderson’s Blanket, Mari Lynn Patrick’s Curve Cable Pullover, and of course, Cathy Payson’s A-Line Pullover knit in Valley Yarns Peru and Southampton! This issue is an absolute must if you’re looking for to-die-for winter projects. And don’t miss out on the Vogue Knitting Berkshires Knitting Intensive, happening from February 28th through March 3rd 2018 – less than an hour from WEBS in gorgeous Berkshire County, Mass! Click the links for all the details!



Steve’s Yarn Picks of the Week:

Reminders: 

Northampton Bag Day is on Saturday, November 18th this year and the savings continue on Sunday, 11/19, which is our first Sunday holiday opening! We’ll have plenty of savings in store – and you don’t even have to have a bag!

We’ve teamed up with Northampton Brewery for Knit and Crochet Nites every Tuesday from 5:30 until 8! Come grab a beer or a refreshing drink, a snack, and spend some time with like minded crafters! We’ll have prizes and goodies, so don’t miss out!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog is LIVE! Click here to view our gorgeous collection of yarns and patterns for this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

WEBS will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23rd!

Sunday, November 19th is the first of our Sunday openings for the holiday season – but remember: WEBS will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24th – so please plan your trips to Northampton accordingly.

Double check our Holiday ’17 catalog to find out what our shipping cutoff dates are and to make sure your items arrive in time for the holidays!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of great new products, contests and fun!

Check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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